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Offering a Forum to Discuss the Pros and Cons of the Marshall/Newman Amendment

It’s Official — We’re Number 1

The ballot order has been determined and the Marshall/Newman amendment is ballot question #1.


July 12, 2006 - Posted by | politics of marriage


  1. What are the implications of being listed first?

    Comment by MS | July 13, 2006 | Reply

  2. Now that electronic machines make you go through every candidate/question on the ballot one by one, ballot order is less important than it was with the old lever machines.

    In our case, we can be glad that voters won’t be tired of the process when they get to us, and they’ll be ready and interested to read the whole amendment before they vote.

    Comment by VoteNO | July 13, 2006 | Reply

  3. I think if most voters have a chance to read the whole argument, they will vote yes for the amendment. Thank goodness!

    Comment by hrconservative | July 14, 2006 | Reply

  4. hrconservative,

    We’ve asked over and over again for somebody to explain the second paragraph. Attorney General McDonnell was supposed to do that and instead, he explained his personal opinion (shared by the “some” Families Foundation) of what the amendment would not do.

    Your typical leave-me-alone Virginia voter is not going to vote for and amendment that contains a long legalistic nightmare of a second paragraph. They’ll understand that every word in that second paragraph is open to interpretation and it opens up a litany of existing family law statutes. It appears that the second paragraph will give trial lawyers the opportunity to file many, many, many frivolous law suits. Nobody in the mainstream wants that.

    You said “whole argument” not “whole amendment”. Was that a typo or is there some a secret argument out there?

    Comment by Jonathan Weintraub | July 14, 2006 | Reply

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